The Blue Orchard


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Touchstone Books
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Jackson Taylor is a writer based in New York City. In 2017 he left tenure and a chaired academic position, as well as other long held administrative, and cultural positions to pursue a life designing gardens. Happiness in growing plants has brought contentment and deepened his contemplation on how institutional prestige & systems of power, particularly the mask of social media, can undermine free expression in literature & art. He coined the phrase: "the image before the image, before the truth" and he explores these themes in a new novel The Green Pear, and a series of poems to be published in Winter 2023.


"Taylor is a master storyteller and his novel is riveting, substantial,
and unforgettable." --WALLY LAMB
"A work of overwhelming tenderness, unflinching veracity, delicacy, and
restraint. I was engaged and moved from start to finish by Jackson Taylor's storytelling art."
--PHILLIP LOPATE, author of Notes on Sontag
"This novel re-creates wonderfully a time, a place, and a circumstance in American life
that drove women and men alike to break a law that could never--and will never--be obeyed.
I found myself stirred repeatedly."--VIVIAN GORNICK, author of Fierce Attachments
"The Blue Orchard is a classic, a great American novel that will astonish and quicken
dead and bored parts of our hearts. If Jackson Taylor never writes another word he has
made his mark with The Blue Orchard." --SAPPHIRE, author of Push